I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller. As soon as I read the synopsis for this debut, I knew I had to read it. I was provided with a free electronic advanced reader copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Diana Biller for having me on this fun and spooooky blog tour!
Title: The Widow of Rose House
Author: Diana Biller
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: October 8, 2019
Source: e-arc from publisher through Netgalley
Synopsis: A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this effervescent Gilded Age debut novelIt's 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren't as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor, Samuel Moore, appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn't need any more complications in her life―especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam.
Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it, Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva's new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva's history―and her heart.
Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of Rose House is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: There were so many words in the synopsis that just called me to The Widow of Rose House. I love a good historical fiction. I love a good, maybe haunted house story. I love ghost stories all day every day. I love a mystery with tragic secrets. I love the process of uncovering those tragic secrets. I love a story with a little romance. So, as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. I just had to. I'm so glad that I did read The Widow of Rose House because it was everything I wanted and more!
The Widow of Rose House is an awesome debut from Diana Biller. She wrote a great story and I definitely want to read more by her. I was enraptured by the story, by everything that was going on, and I just had to keep reading until I got to the end. The writing was good, it kept me hooked for sure.
I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of The Widow of Rose House. I always think a book is just so much more fun when it has spoooky aspects to it. The Widow of Rose House is a great read for the October season too. It's got that ambience to it that just needs to be read in the fall.
I'm a fan of The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller and I'd definitely recommend giving it a read. If the words in the synopsis speak to you like they spoke to me, then I definitely think you'll enjoy it.
I received an e-arc from the publisher through Netgalley for honest review. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Diana Biller for letting me read an early copy.
Prior to penning this novel, Biller had one idea in mind: “Edith Wharton, ghost hunter.” After touring Wharton’s estate, The Mount, and the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York, she came away with a wealth of inspiration, and THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE was born.
DIANA BILLER lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their very good dog. THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is her debut novel.
Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller. I hope I conveyed how much I liked it. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Diana Biller for letting me be a part of such a fun tour and letting me read the book.